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Three things a city in charge of its destiny ought to know about software | Matt Edgar writes here
"Instead of asking “will it scale”, ask a better question: “Does it gracefully handle massive diversity?”... This is not to say that scale doesn’t matter. Rather, understanding diversity is the better starting point. The diversity question accommodates scaling; the scaling question tramples all over diversity." A good post from Matt Edgar, but this point is particularly good.
government  scale  diversity  software  mattedgar  planning 
january 2015 by infovore
ASBOrometer - Measure UK anti-social behaviour on iPhone and Android
"ASBOrometer is a mobile application that measures levels of anti-social behaviour at your current location (within England and Wales) and gives you access to key local ASB statistics... This app was created by Jeff Gilfelt and made possible by the initiative, which is opening up UK government data for public reuse." What sensationalist rot; no number of pretty visualisations make this kind of fearmongering acceptable. It's nice that the data is open; it's a shame this is the best thing people can think to do with it. Whether you like it or not, this information is very, very loaded.
data  government  society  culture  fearmongering  infononsense 
february 2010 by infovore
Digital economy bill: A punishing future | Comment is free | The Guardian
"It boils Digital Britain down to three Ms – media, music and movies – myopically ignoring the pioneers of new technology, and ?
showing a blind spot for all creativity outside the so-called creative industries... Instead of empowering digital Britons, the bill follows the lead of music and movie corporations, who already apply a presumption of guilt to their customers. Instead of treating the web as a platform of possibilities, it recasts it as a tool for mass theft." Excellent, excellent leader from the Guardian on the frankly scandalous digital economy bill.
uk  politics  government  threestrikes  digitaleconomy  economy  copyright 
november 2009 by infovore
nef 'five-a-day' to well-being in major new government report
"3. Take Notice: Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you." All very good advice - and, frankly, what I knew already - but this one felt particularly appropriate, given Noticings.
life  advice  report  noticings  government  happiness 
september 2009 by infovore
RAND | Monographs | The Beginner’s Guide to Nation-Building
"This guidebook is a practical “how-to” manual on the conduct of effective nation-building. It is organized around the constituent elements that make up any nation-building mission: military, police, rule of law, humanitarian relief, governance, economic stabilization, democratization, and development. The chapters describe how each of these components should be organized and employed, how much of each is likely to be needed, and the likely cost." Not your average "for dummies" book, then.
rand  research  nationbuilding  government  collapse  politics 
july 2009 by infovore
GameSetWatch - Postmortem: Getting Serious With Budget Hero
"Finally, if one can wrap a game around a complex issue like the national budget and engage that many young people, we should be able to do the same with other important policy issues, from climate change to health care. The budget was about the most boring issue one could take on compared to Lost, Heroes, World of Warcraft, or playing Moto Racer on the iPhone." Really interesting set of conclusions from a large-scale serious game.
seriousgames  budget  budgethero  games  play  policy  government  wgrtw 
june 2009 by infovore

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